Hey, is it Greenlake or Green Lake, anyway? This question may never be settled, because here in Seattle people have been doing both. I tend to think it’s actually Greenlake, as seen in the media most often. But then, on the Seattle Parks website, it’s Green Lake. And in our real estate Multiple Listing Service, the neighborhood is known as Green Lake. So when I write about the neighborhood, I use the spelling Green Lake.
But enough of this, let’s talk about a great place to eat in … er… Green Lake. The Greenlake Bar & Grill. If you click on their logo on the Neighborhood Grills website (this is one of a group of restaurants which also include Eastlake Bar & Grill (one of our favorites), Lake Forest Park Bar & Grill (great eats, service only so so) Lunchbox Laboratory (recently I blogged on it) in South Lake Union, and two I have not tried, Crossroads Bar and Grill and Bremmerton Bar and Grill). ANYway, if you click on the Greenlake logo, you will get a cool video of the venue and nearby Green Lake too.
The food is great, plentiful, and deservedly talked about with real pleasure by the regulars! They do a breakfast daily from 9 to 11 with such favorites as Buttermilk Pancakes, various scrambles, Breakfast Tacos, Veggie Fritatta, Shirmp and Potato Cakes…brunch is Saturdays and Sundays 9-2 with a grilled steak and blue cheese salad, fish and chips, burgers, angus prime dip, Piggy Mac n Cheese topped with grilled chicken, and more. The menus are on their website along with lunch, dinner, and happy hour (finger foods like smokey cheddar fries and so much more, salads, burgers, well drinks, beers, all at very happy prices) menus too.
The same dishes do show up throughout all the menus as appropriate for time of day, but they do have daily specials as well. Yesterday these included, for lunch on the $7.99 Big Deal Lunch, a Chicken Rice Bowl, Patty Melt done up right, Asian BBQ Salmon Sandwich, combos, for rotating drafts Elysian Perseus Porter, Pyramid Curveball Blonde, Sierra Nevada pale Ale, and Sam Adams Summer Ale (well, it WAS pretty sunny after all) and cocktails that included an Orange Mojito, Acai Cosmo, and Whipped Caramel Cocoa with two kinds of vodka.
For me though, it’s as much the atmosphere that makes it a good choice, the light from the park slanting in the windows, the architectural spaces and privacy created by the inspired layout, the mood lighting and fast, friendly and efficient service. Try it and let me know what you think! And don’t forget to grab a latte and walk around the lake when you’re done with your meal.
While we’re on the subject, Green Lake is a place people love to live, and come to from surrounding areas and actually all over, to play and relax. It is known as a center of physical fitness activity for one, a serene getaway in the midst of the city, a place with great eateries and a few good shops too, and all the sports and play opportunities that the Green Lake Park itself offers. It is a wonderful little pocket of lifestyle in the heart (well, northern heart) of Seattle, Green Lake real estate is always in demand simply because of what the lake provides, as well as the proximity to the downtown area making it a “dream commute” and easy to get to I-520 or I-90 to get to the Eastside too. It is also one of the smaller neighborhoods space wise, creating more demand than the housing that exists, which keeps value high. In recent years (but before the slow down in the market) there were many nice townhouse projects executed to the north and west of the central Green Lake area which brought more affordable housing into the highly desirable area.